LIFE-GIVING WISDOM

Fear and wisdom may seem like unlikely companions. Solomon and I would beg to differ. The convergence of these two things has happened in my life many times. The Lord has been showing me in those moments that I have a shallow understanding of them. Several years ago, I had to make a very big decision in…

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THINK ON THESE THINGS

Is that three-year-old you’re trying to “lead” driving you crazy? How about the outside the box student in your eighth grade class, or the employee who refuses to do things your way? Life-giving leadership is often hard! Listen to what Karen Hodge, Guest Writer for this week’s devotional has to say about..

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DYING TO LIVE AND DYING TO LEAD

I was 29 when I arrived at a leadership laboratory, just a seedling. I had been married six years and had a two-year-old and six-month-old. I could stop right there in my story and begin to tell you all the life-giving leadership lessons I learned in those early years, but let’s include that my husband and I were embarking on planting a church from scratch…

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LIFE-GIVING LEADERSHIP

I entered the national women’s ministry leadership scene not as a leader but as the pianist. We finished leading the worship, and I found a seat at the back of the auditorium. It was 20 years ago, but I still remember the keynote speaker’s words, “Women, where are your women?” I sheepishly looked around to see who she was talking about…

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LIFE-TAKING OR LIFE-GIVING?

Over twenty years ago I attended my last conference as a member of the women’s ministry team for our denomination. Sadness filled my heart as I let go of regular contact with the women who helped shepherd me through the first five years after the death of my son, Mark. I struggled to accept the “changing of the guard as a good thing.”  The Lord had transformed…

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